Nearly every child in the United States has toys of some sort. Generally, toys are tested and marked safe for children of a certain age, and parents like to believe they can trust such safety ratings. However, no system is perfect, and some of the time, defective toys fall through the cracks and end up in the homes and hands of children. Also, sometimes even though a toy is not itself defective, a child uses it in such a way that it causes injury. Some toys, such as scooters, bicycles, and other vehicles, are inherently dangerous even when properly produced. In fact, in 2010, non-motorized scooters were the leading category of toys for causing injury to children 15 years of age and younger, causing 24% of reported toy related injuries. If your child is injured while using a toy, and the toy was not properly manufactured, labeled, or tested, the toy company may be held liable for any injuries to your child. Call an experienced personal injury attorney in Fayette County today at (770) 487-8999 to discuss your child's injuries and your potential case.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, approximately 251,700 children visited emergency rooms in 2010 with toy related or caused injuries. Furthermore, 17 toy-related deaths were reported in 2010. Most of the deaths in 2010 were caused by balloons, small balls, or game and accessory parts. In contrast, in 2009, more deaths were caused by riding toys than any other kind of toy. These statistics only serve to show that different kinds of toys can be equally as harmful, no matter how harmless and safe it may seem at first.
For those nonfatal incidents, an overwhelming majority at 97% of injured children were treated at the emergency room and released. Though the injuries were not serious enough to warrant a hospital stay, forty-six percent of the injuries were to the head or the face. Almost half of toy-related injuries were described as lacerations, contusions, or abrasions. Even though some nonfatal injuries caused by toys may seem superficial, serious contusions on your child's face may affect their appearance, and possibly their self-esteem and even relationships at school. If your child has suffered an injury from a toy, please call the the Law Offices of Shane Smith for a free consultation regarding your case. As an experienced personal injury attorney in Fayette County, he can help ensure you receive a fair settlement for your worries and troubles, and for your child's injury.